exploring the republic of Užupis - LithuaniaMonday, March 24, 2014
Interesting fact: there is a neighbourhood in Vilnius (the capital of Lithuania) that has declared itself an independent republic. The Republic of Užupis.
A short walk from the city centre I visited this creative, artistic community on my most recent travels. Užupis literately means 'on the other side of the river' - and to enter the neighbourhood you must cross over one of Europe's many love-lock bridges from central Vilnius.
- Everyone must be happy and always smiling
- Speed limit of 20km/h
- Everyone must be an artist or appreciate art
- If you don't abide by the above the residents have the authority to push your car into the river (!)
The neighbourhood itself was a lot of fun to walk around, with art of all kinds around every corner. A photographers dream. And definitely a great place to visit if you're after some creative inspiration. Here are a few of my favourite pieces...
Humorous street signs. Someone is obviously an apple fan. Pity, I quite like bananas.
- Everyone has the right to hot water, heating in winter and a tiled roof
- Everyone has the right to be unique
- Everyone has the right to love
- A dog has the right to be a dog
- A cat is not obliged to love its owner, but must help in time of need
- No one has the right to violence
- Everyone has the right to celebrate or not celebrate their birthday
- Everyone has the right to not to be afraid.